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ICJ ruling on Preah Vihear celebrated

About 1,000 revelers turned out on Friday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the International Court of Justice’s 1962 ruling to grant ownership of the roughly 1,000- year-old Preah Vihear temple to Cambodia.

Soy Sopheap, who organised the anniversary, said the celebration also roughly marked the four-year anniversary of the temple’s listing as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

However, land near the temple remains hotly contested, and Cambodia has asked the UN court to update its 1962 verdict to include who owns what.

A closed-door meeting on the sidelines of the ASEAN Defence Ministers meeting in May saw Cambodia and Thailand begin to discuss the eventual withdrawal of troops from the area, and the Cambodia-Thailand Joint Working Group of the General Border Commission may meet this month in Phnom Penh.

To contact the reporter on this story: Chhay Channyda at



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